Apples and buckeyes remind me of the places I call home: Ohio and Washington state. I grew up in the “buckeye” state of Ohio—in the countryside—surrounded by apple trees. My mother was a Spanish professor and my father was a chemist/inventor who traveled the world. They both inspired me to pursue lifelong education goals, and while in college, I developed an interest in Spanish literature. When I graduated, I attended The Ohio State University for my doctorate degree. On this campus, I met my husband Nathan. We settled in Springfield, Ohio, which is where our son Alex was born in 2002. I continued to work full time at a local community college, designing and delivering courses online and in traditional format for English Composition I, English Composition II, Regional Studies of Latin America, British Literature to 1800, and all levels of Spanish. My committee and volunteer work often involved intense editing projects, serving on Alex’s elementary school board, publishing a textbook, and presenting at conferences. I truly enjoyed my work.
In August of 2016 though, Nate was presented with a fantastic job opportunity as a finance director in the state of Washington, which is where I now live. I missed my students dearly, so I signed on with a publishing company to tutor writing students part-time and online. Currently, I’m a lead tutor who also trains a team of other tutors. This work gives me great flexibility as a swim-team mom who attends her son’s meets and occasionally serves as a timer.
In my spare time, I continue to write fiction, and 23 of my short stories have been published in 17 different literary journals and magazines. Currently, I have a book of short stories under contract with a publishing company as well. Just for fun, I also keep a blog that describes my humorous attempts at DIY projects: “Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks.”
Since I believe in “practicing what I preach,” I write every day. My favorite place to write is on the couch, snuggled up with our cat. On the mantle above the fireplace, are jars of buckeyes that my family and I brought with us from Ohio. They keep me company in my living room, which has sliding glass doors that lead to the yard outside–a yard in which we hope to plant apple trees and watch them grow.
(Full, up-to-date resume can be accessed through this portfolio link: Cecilia Kennedy, Portfolio)